LAPIWCH O A’I WERTHU YN OL I FI, commissioned by Storiel Museum, Bangor.

We were invited to respond to a work from the Amgueddfa Cymru Celf ar y Cyd website. The piece finds its origins from a cluster of references; DYING KING by Frink, a DIY protest badge depicting Prince Charles’s investiture, and a local holiday park development on the site of ancient woodland that’s home to red squirrels. The banner states WRAP IT UP AND SELL IT BACK TO ME, we’re questioning neoliberal consumption, land ownership and the role of monarchy in society.

A vanilla family ride their bikes in the forest, but it’s not a normal forest, it’s a package, a clean demarcation of territory that you’ve paid to access. You’re watching an advert that has clearly crossed the boundaries of domestic space by making you maybe desire a reality that doesn’t exist but you could potentially purchase if you have enough capital. 

Frink watches the television at home, where she sees a depiction of a King, the actor playing the character infiltrates her thoughts, a simulacra adopted in an image of her father’s fragile masculinity. 

Monarchy is parasitical – we want to see their insides, we like to torment and probe. If they are King they belong to us, but can we destroy them fully? Maybe in this destruction it’d be better for them as well as for us.

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